Are Holiday Work Party Injuries Covered Under Workers’ Compensation?

There is so much to look forward to during the holidays, like baking, decorating, shopping, and seeing family and friends. Another exciting event you should be looking forward to this time of year is the annual holiday work party. While these parties can leave lasting memories, nothing wrecks a good party like a painful injury. 

For Employees

If you’ve been injured at a holiday work party, you could be entitled to workers’ compensation. There are a number of questions an employer could ask, like “Was the employee required or expected to come to the holiday party?” or “Did the accident occur on the employer’s property?” 

Injuries sustained while at a holiday party may or may not be covered under workers’ compensation — the best way to find out if your claim will grant you compensation is to reach out to our work injury lawyers in Atlanta. Check out the infographic below for a list of exceptions that may apply to your case:

For Employers

As an employer, you should take necessary steps to ensure your holiday soiree doesn’t end with a workers’ compensation claim. This is an event everyone will be looking forward to, and with an open bar in the mix, it’s not unlikely for an employee to sustain an injury. Keep yourself and your company protected by keeping the holiday party safe and organized. Here are some suggestions that will help you minimize risk:

  • Limit the alcohol. Ask the bartender to have controlled/light pours.
  • Take steps to ensure everyone gets home safely. Implement a strict zero tolerance policy when it comes to drinking and driving.
  • Put leaders/management in charge of setting an example.
  • Make it clear whether attendance is mandatory or not.
  • Do not promote work-related activity during the party.
  • Schedule the event away from work property.

Were you injured at a holiday work party or other seasonal event? Darwin F Johnson workers’ compensation attorneys will review your situation and discuss the specifics of your injuries to determine the validity of your case. Get in touch with out workers’ compensation lawyers in Atlanta by calling 404-692-6482.